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  • Defining The Difference Between Charity And Philanthropy

    By Mark Hrywna — March 27, 2006

    Within in the next five years, the COF probably will be known as the COP. Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of the Council on Foundations (COF), said there have been enough changes in his first six months on the job without a name change to the Council on Philanthropy. “I think we’re doing enough change…Let’s take this one step at a time. We’ll get there. The mindset’s clearly there.”

  • Live Nude Fundraising

    By Craig Causer — March 15, 2006

    Sex sells, and has done so for centuries. But one question continues to confront nonprofits: Does an organization need to stay buttoned-up to get people to lay down cash?

  • Raising Kids Who Care

    By Marla Nobles — March 15, 2006

    After the tsunami hit Southeast Asia in December, 2004, Save the Children ( STC) received more than 26,000 donations from children. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) calculates close to 70,000 visitors to its family-friendly Animaland Web site each month. The nonprofit Learning to Give has, since this past January, distributed more than 3,000 copies of The Giving Game, an interactive philanthropic tool for the whole family.

  • Stress Free Summer Events

    By Craig Causer — March 1, 2006

    Summer is the season for exotic locales, vacations from work and time spent with friends and family. Despite the season’s endless entertainment options, nonprofits have not taken a vacation from holding summer events, many of which have proven effective without overwhelming staff, volunteers or organizations’ expense statements.

  • Special Report: Exclusive NPT Donor Research

    By Craig Causer — March 1, 2006

    Since its inception in 1999,, the first Internet auction site built and operated by a nonprofit, has blossomed from a $63,000-a-year operation to over $9.1 million in total sales in 2005. While the success of follows a general trend that auction sites and online shopping have grown by leaps and bounds the last five years, the charitable retail landscape continues to be dominated by purchases conducted at physical store locations.

  • Finance Fundraising And The Executive Suite

    By Paul Clolery — March 1, 2006

    If yesterday’s nonprofit financial department was a comfortable two-lane highway, today’s financial operation is beginning to look more like the intersection of several highways and train routes with an explosion of city streets thrown in for good measure.

  • Cartoons Have Long Been Politically Incorrect

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2006

    It was said that Helen of Troy had a face that could launch 1,000 ships. Now it can be said that a cartoon has launched protests and fatal violence around the globe.

  • Sleeping With The Phishes

    By Craig Causer — February 15, 2006

    Cialis. Sons of deposed leaders of the Congo. Hot stock tips. Each is an example of the unwanted greetings popping up throughout email inboxes across the globe.

  • Wimpy Web Sites Get Muscle

    By Craig Causer — February 15, 2006

    Listen to me now and believe me later — nobody extolled the virtues of pumping up more than the masters Hans and Franz. Wimpy Web sites shouldn’t expect immediate Schwarzenegger-like development a la Hans and Franz, but there are a number of methods nonprofits are utilizing to trim down and muscle up online.

  • Direct Mail Doubling Days Taking Longer

    By Mark Hrywna — February 15, 2006

    Nonprofits are tweaking the traditional forecasting tool they use to measure the success of mailings, so-called doubling days, in the face of what some say is slower mail delivery.


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